Christmas crafts

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I just finished my Christmas cards (or at least a few of them) for this year. I wanted to go for a somewhat simple card, yet with many parts to it, so I used a few different dies and two embossing folders. The dies I used in the Christmas cards are from Sue Wilson (the greeting, the holly leaves, and the reindeer), and Frantic Stamper (the birch panel).

 

Also, I’ve been making crochet snowflakes using this awesome pattern from Snowcatcher. Scroll down to the purple snowflake to get the pattern for this particular snowflake.

To get the blocking template for the snowflake, print out the image above, or visit this blog, for example. (Or just google “crochet blocking template”.)

Thanks for viewing!

-Kati-

Miniature Crochet Rose

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Inspired by miniature crochet animals made by SuAmi, I decided to try and make a miniature crochet rose. The task seemed simple enough: just use a very fine, single ply yarn, and a tiny crochet hook. Easy, right?

No. Nope. Not at all.

I thought I had good eyesight, but I have been proven wrong. I even thought I had pretty nimble fingers, but wrong again.

It was almost impossible to see the stitches and even more impossible to get the hook to go through them. But after a few tries, I managed to make one tiny rose, which is still not as tiny as SuAmi’s miniature animals. After a few hours of squinting my eyes and doing crochet-acrobatics, I take my hat off to SuAmi, and will stick to normal-sized roses from now on.

Speaking of which: I bought some awesome new yarns from a lovely shop called Karnaluks in Tallinn, Estonia. I’ve aYarns from Karnalukslready made a few roses using the yarns, and I’ll be posting the results on my blog someday soon.

 

And here’s what I managed to make this time. It’s a little under 2cm in diameter (so less than 0.787402 inches, if that makes sense).

Thanks for viewing! And happy Easter to everyone!

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Crochet Leprechaun Hat [pencil decoration] – Free Pattern

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St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner… So here’s a pattern for a crochet leprechaun hat that I created as a pencil decoration. I’ll post a blog entry about a green pop-up heart and a shamrock soon, too!

Apologies in advance if the pattern makes no sense or if there are horrible typos (this was a long project to make/write up). It’s my first time trying to write down instructions for an original pattern, and I wasn’t entirely sure how to explain it all. Leave a comment below, if you wish to have more detailed instructions, or if you want clarifications for some part of the pattern.

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Leprechaun hat pencil decoration – pattern:

Abbreviations:

ch(s) = chain(s)
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es) (At the end of each round “—- st” = the number of stitches made on that round.)
sc2tog  = 2 single crochets together (decrease)
sl st = slip stitch
back lps = back loops only
front lps = front loop only

Notes:

  • I used basic cotton yarns and a size 1.75mm hook. (In other words: use a fine yarn and a small hook.)
  • First, start by making a magic circle/an adjustable ring, or chain 2 loosely and work round 1 into the first chain made.
  • Work in countinuous rounds. Do not join any of the rounds and do not cut the yarn at any point. Use a stitch marker to mark each round, if you wish.

♣ The crown top of of the hat:
Round 1: Into the magic circle, work 6 sc. (Pull the circle closed.)  —- 6sts
Round 2: 2 sc into each st around. —- 12 sts
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. —- 18 sts.Hat top
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in the next 2 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st. —- 24 sts.
(At this point, it wound be good to fasten off the beginning yarn, but do not cut off the yarn you’re working with.)

NOTE: The top of the hat is supposed to lay flat.

♣ The side band (“body”) of the hat:
(Ch 1, if necessary to get to the next round, to make a sharper edge to the top of the hat.)
Round 5: Working in back lps only: sc into each st around. —- 24 sts.
Round 6: (Decrease round) Working in both loops again: [sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. —- 18 sts.
Round 7-8: Work sc into each st around. —- 18 sts. (Change the colour of the yarn at the end of round 8. Do not cut off the other yarn.)Colour change
Round 9-11: With a different colour (for example: black), sc into each st around. —- 18 sts.
(At the end of round 11., reattach the first yarn you used (green), but do not cut off the second yarn (black). Fasten off the start of the black yarn.)

♣ The brim of the hat:
Round 12: With green again, make an increase round in front loops only: [2 sc in next st, sc into next st] 9 times. —- 27 sts.
Round 13: In both loops again, work: [2 sc into next sc, sc into next 2 sts] 9 times. —- 36 sts.
Round 14: [2 sc into the next sc, sc into the next 5 sts] 6 times. Sl st into the next st (or just fasten off). Cut the yarn. —- 42 sts.

Belt buckle: At this point, decorate the black wrap-around part with, for example, yellow yarn. Make a belt buckle on the opposite side of the start of the rounds. I made a square, weaving around each side of the square twice to make the lines pop out more. Belt buckle

♣ Finally, make the part that wraps around the pen/pencil:
(Or stop  here, and just use the hat as a finger puppet, etc.)
Round 1: With the black yarn (that is still supposed to be attached to the hat), work in the back loops (of black yarn) that were left behind in round 12. There are 18 back loops. Work a decrease round, ending with 12 loops.
Working with the black yarn: Pull up loop through the nearest sc (start of round 11), pull up a loop through the next sc too, working a sc2tog. Sc into next st. Then: [sc2tog, sc in next st] 5 times. —- 12 sts
NOTE: For the next round: Depending on how big you want the hole for the pencil/pen to be, decrease a few more times. I made a hole that fits arPencil holder/wrap-aroundound a normal pencil.
Round 2: [sc2tog, sc in the next 5 sts] twice. —- 10 sts.
Round 3-4: Sc into next st, around. At the end of round 4, sl st into the next st and/or fasten off. —- 10 sts.

You can make more rounds, if you want the wrap around the pencil to be longer.

And that’s it!

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Thanks for viewing! Again, leave a comment below if you need help with this pattern. And please, if you make a leprechaun hat using this pattern, give credit to KatiCrafts, thanks!